Drama, English Movies

Levity directed by Ed Solomon

levity There are these movies that come as a fresh breath even though they deal with a dark side of us precisely because of the beautiful manner in which they treat this dark side – without apology, without self-pity and without clichéd ‘reasoned’ explanations for a the way a person is…this is also one of those movies whose scenes play themselves in your mind long after you have seen them, because they touch you deep inside….

The movie is about an ex-con Manuel Jordan (Thornton), who has been convicted for murder, who is given parole after 23 years. He seeks to find some meaning in the search for redemption from the sister of the man who who he killed, without being able to tell her his true identity – until the end. Along the way he meets characters who relate to him in their own way and who accept him in their universe – a preacher with a secret (Morgan Freeman), a young girl who is fighting her own demons (Kirsten Dunst) and the slain man’s sister herself (Holly Hunter)…

And Billy Bob Thornton…what can you say about him? He simply levitytrailer excels in this role. His gaze can be both terrifyingly penetrating and vacant at the same time. In fact I think, a major portion of his role is communicated through his eyes – the pain, the search for redemption, the sorrow of what is lost and the anguish at seeing someone wasting their life away.

I believe that no one can play the role of a man searching for redemption better than Thornton. He can play a character that is vulnerable and yet strong at the same time while retaining that aura that can only come out of a character who has seen more than he ever wanted to…

filmlist.Levity.co The film is not a one-man show either. Every single character has a large role to play in what the movie aims to give to us. The story slowly unfolds in a little over an hour and a half, at the end of which each person finds a place where they can find some meaning. Its not a fairy tale ending (Thank God for such endings) which makes the story all the more compelling….

This is a movie that leaves you with a nice hum in a little corner of your mind – that part of it that deals with life’s different mysteries that really have no answers and which so few things these days are able to touch upon…that, more than anything else makes this movie one of my all time favourites…

This central quote from the movie (narrated in the voice of Thornton) has become of my favourite quotes…these are one of those lines that make you pause and think…

“I read a book that was written in the 11th century. A man said that there was five steps toward making amends. The first involved acknowledging what you did. The second involved remorse. The third involved making right with your neighbour. Like if you stole his chicken, you’d have to go and bring him another. Only then were you able to go to step four, which was making it right with God. But it wasn’t until step five that you could really get redeemed. It had to do with being at the same place and the same situation. That as it goes, you’d go and do something different. Only I can’t bring Abner Easely back like he was some stolen chicken. Certainly made sure of that 23 years ago. And I don’t believe in some God that’s gonna open His arms to me even if I did. So there goes steps three and four. And as for step five, time makes sure we’re never in the same place twice, no matter how much we wish it. Which is why, for me, I know I’ll never be redeemed.”


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